Autism Studies & Applied Behavior Analysis (BA)

Gain the educational expertise to help children and adults overcome unique challenges

As the numbers of those diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) rise, the need for caring, qualified professionals continues to grow. Through MBU’s 100% online program, you’ll learn the skills you need to become a supporter, caregiver, educator, and advocate with the potential to create lifelong positive impact in the lives of children and adults.  

Bachelor of Arts
Offered As
Major, Minor in ABA, Minor in ASD

Why Choose MBU for Autism Studies & ABA?

With our fully asynchronous online approach, you can pursue the Autism Studies & ABA program and access an MBU education wherever you are. The online format provides an ideal solution for both working professionals and students on campus. 

Throughout our 7-week term structure, you’ll engage with our supportive faculty who share their expertise in behavior analysis, organizational psychology, K-12 education, and juvenile justice. Learn to become a vital advocate for those with ASD, serving a growing need while expanding your career potential.

Features & Benefits

  • Students fulfill 70 hours of ASD practicum to gain real-world experience
  • Our program collaborates with students to arrange and confirm good matches with qualified supervisors. 
  • Majors complete a culminating capstone project
  • High-achieving students can save time and money earning a BA/MS in just five years

Mary Baldwin University’s ABA course sequences are approved by Applied Behavior Analysis International® as meeting the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst Examination® and Board Certified Behavior Analyst Examination®. Applicants will have to meet additional requirements to qualify.

All ABAI Verified Course Sequences are required to publish pass rates of their students who take the BCaBA and BCBA examinations. View the BCBA and BCaBA Examination Pass Rates data. Pass-rate data are not published for sequences with fewer than six first-time candidates in a single year or for sequences within their first four years of operation.

“I have always wanted to help people in a hands-on way and contribute to a field that benefits the greater good.”

Tatiana Bryant ’17, MEd ’19, BCBA, LBAField Supervisor for Outpatient Behavior Therapy

Courses and Curriculum 

Our program provides a solid foundation in educational principles and a focus on compassion, quality of life, and best practices when working with clients. 

Sample core and elective courses include: 

Unique student support

The McCree Center for Life Success assists current students and alumni in finding the best opportunities throughout their career development. We work closely with both faculty and employers to identify how your valued education best matches the needs of today’s evolving marketplace.

Cost & Financial Aid

A great education is worth it. Here’s how Mary Baldwin helps you pay for it: Generous financial aid packages, a broad range of scholarships, transferring maximum credit hours from previous coursework or relevant work and life experiences — the list goes on. Our mission is to help you level up and bring your aspirations to life.

MBU helps you fast-track your path to a bachelor’s degree with the opportunity to transfer up to 18 credits (6 courses) through direct course equivalents from the Virginia Community Colleges System.

  • Cost per credit hour: $486
  • Credits required for a bachelor’s degree: 120